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Snapshot 09.10.14

17 Sep

– When I checked in last week I lamented the sad state of my sick family. The three of them passed a cold back and forth like a lively game of ping pong. I cared for each in their turn over a period of a month and never so much as sneezed. I thought maybe I had been inoculated through exposure when the sore throat started. I ended up with the worst case of all. I sound like the first actor to play Dumbledore, if he at first were to gargle on shards of glass. One night Anthony and I texted our whole conversation even though we were in the same room because I couldn’t even manage hoarse squeaks.  I feel like as a family we’ve been recovering from one ordeal or another since Anthony went in for surgery in December. It’s been at least one thing every month, if not two.  So, guess who’s getting flu shots this year? Everybody in this damn family, that’s who.

– Elias woke up for one of his fuss ‘n feeds last week and it took longer than usual to get him back down to sleep. In our family we cosleep, with Elias in our bed and Isobel in her toddler bed that sits at the foot of ours. She woke up during the in the scuffle and after Anthony got Elias back down to sleep she remained awake singing Let It Go softly for fifteen minutes until she drifted back to sleep, too.

– I am addicted to what Anthony refers to as “granny sweaters” – cozy, comfy things that are knitted or crocheted in neutral colors and often featuring large wooden buttons. Costco has a lovely, long-length button-less version right now and I’m all about it.

– Earlier this week Isobel asked me what day it was. Monday, I replied. “Oh good,” she said, “Monday is the day I listen to you!” It’s nice of her to give me one whole day out of the week, isn’t it?

– Isobel has her first school photos tomorrow and I’m filled with anticipation. Nearly all of my school photos are terrible. I hope she avoids my fate. Speaking of school, her brush with this virus resulted in her first school day absence. When the school robo-called me to inform me of absence procedures, the machine pronounced her name AYE-SO-BULL which is a totally new and creative way to butcher her name. Sorry, kid. There’s only so much you can do about robots.

– Elias is going to start crawling any minute now. He’s figured out how to maneuver his chubby, roly-poly baby self in circles and his latest feat is rolling.

– I’ve seen an episode of American Pickers but (although I tried) couldn’t work up any enthusiasm about it. I found it boring. While Netflix binging during my cold, however, I watched the first season of Auction Hunters and found it to be much more entertaining. First of all, it co-stars Allen Haff, whom I remember and loved from his Clean House days: “My mother is an antiques dealer. My father was a car salesman. And they had me: the ultimate weapon in buying storage units.” When he describes himself like this, how can you resist? Add to this the thrill of going through piles of junk in abandoned storage units and it makes for great sick-day watching. I’m kind of shocked at the amount of guns they find, actually, and most of them aren’t in a safe.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Dinner Plates. I have always wanted to have a collection of mismatched vintage dinner plates.

Follow Friday: Stefalynda Reunion. Friends reunite with a local coffee shot for a night of music and Very Important Tweets.

Scrapbook: Gangnam Style by the Pool. I just wanted to take photos on her last day of lessons. It turned into a dance party.

Snapshot 09.12.14. There is an important lesson about marshmallows here.

Thrift Store Gore: The Feeder (For People). As opposed to the hugely successful The Feeder (Not For People).

Little Big Collections: Wrapping Paper. Gorgeous handmade and vintage papers.

Follow Friday: Cozy. We aren’t anywhere near fall where I live. I’m just dreaming. Very Important Tweets.

26 DIY Halloween Tutorials. The season is upon us.

Oh, right, that’s my baby. Via Laurel

Yahweh, Age 5. God enjoys Lego (not surprised).

Book reccs for creatives. By my girl MagpieLibrarian (Also, check out her interview with a Ferguson librarian.)

Always good to have a frame of reference.

Pastafarian wears ‘religious headgear’ for driver’s license photo.

Listen up, Washington footballs!

Mail-order monkeys. Holy shit, this was real. Via Jeff Atwood

This loyal dog refuses to leave grave that has peanut butter on it.

Coffee makes the impossible possible.

Guy in Philosophy class needs to shut the fuck up. One in every class. Via Angela.

“I still regret not buying this mug at Goodwill.” The best Thrift Store Gore always results in regret.

Deadpool: Draw me like one of your French girls.

That sausage roll, tho.

Man changes name from ‘Jose’ to ‘Joe,’ gains job interviews. WTF is wrong with people?

Dog eats nearly 44 socks. (Don’t worry, he is okay).

Teen invents “Tampon Run” game to de-stigmatize periods. Rad.

Spent my day photoshopping pics of myself into stock photography. I want to do this.

Follow Friday: Giant Yardsale. My love letter to the internet, plus gorgeous photos of vintage goodness.

Thrift Store Score: Dollhouse/Treehouse. I still get emails about this one.

Scrapbook: Goodbye Summer. Life was so good.

Snapshot. That heirloom tomato salad, tho.

Scrapbook: Bag lady. Everything has value. Everything has worth.

Scrapbook: Bucket head. She looks so round and baby-like!

Follow Friday: Holding Hands. I loved meeting up with friends at the farmer’s market.

Thrift Store Gore: Buy Rite. That place is always packed with merch, customers, and gore.

Snapshot 09.10.14

10 Sep

– Everyone is sick again. Today’s post is late because we came home from a dinner party with a sick Isobel. Elias had gotten much worse over the weekend and Anthony had worsened to fully sick again, too. They seem to be doing a bit better but Isobel has lost her voice almost entirely. I’m beginning to think we are cursed.  So far our tally for 2014 is one month of bronchitis, another of gastroenteritis, Elias has been sick three times, I had hives, and Isobel has been sick three times. Anthony and Elias caught whatever Isobel brought home the second week of school, and she seems to have relapsed. We are so fucking done with illness. If I get sick, too, I might go insane.  Today the kids and I are staying in our pajamas and are watching nature shows and reading books and not doing a whole lot else.

– Oh, and it’s frustratingly necessary to announce that all the benefit I received from the steroid injections a few weeks ago is gone, and I’m back to my fragile, unpredictable, crohn’s-y self. It was inevitable this would happen, we all knew it, but it’s depressing all the same. I haven’t been that well in over ten years. I miss that me. She was fun.

– Isobel is learning The Pledge of Allegiance in school. I know this because one day she carried her pot of fake poinsettias out of her room and put it on the coffee table and said, “I’m going to pledge allegiance to these flowers.”

– We’ve had a lot of fun lately despite the health meltdowns. On Friday we went to a showing of the Lego Movie her school put on in the cafeteria and ran into friends and family. My Mom came over and watched Elias while Anthony, Isobel and I went. It was nice to spend some time as a family, cuddling up on chairs in the cafeteria with our blankets and popcorn to watch the movie projected on a screen on the wall. Isobel was enraptured by the movie and spent the whole day singing EVERYTHING IS AWESOME at top volume. Everything Is Awesome at line in the bank. Everything Is Awesome in the middle of Target. Everything Is Awesome while walking to get the mail. I hope next time they show Frozen, because I’d love to hear a hundred kids sing LET IT GO at top volume.

– We had a barbecue with our friends the Waltons and Kingston showed off his newly de-casted leg by riding his new bike. He and Isobel took turns riding the big boy bike while Angela and I toasted marshmallows for S’mores and lazy Krispie treats. Anthony and Justin hung out and talked about D&D 5th Edition. Later more friends came over for games and Mario Kart. It was a great day.

-TODAY IS THE DAY! Call your Senator and protect the internet for everyone.

Follow Friday: Cozy. The funniest tweets of the week, along with photos that make me feel cozy.

Scrapbook: Baby Lai Lai. Sweetest little guy ever.

Snapshot 09.03.14. Diving face-first into a hamper.

Thrift Store Score: Styrofoam Heads. I love finding these guys.

Scrapbook: School Trek. It’s freaking me out up a tree.

Scrapbook: Five Years, Five Months. I am so damn lucky.

Little Big Collections: Simple Halloween Costumes for Baby. So many great choices!

Follow Friday: Halloween is Coming. Get out your decorative gourds, motherfuckers!

Llama in a bee costume. Thank you, Minnesota State Fair. Via @darth

Navigating the Medical System. A very important post about a skill everyone needs to learn.

I came to get down. I came to get down. I came to get down. So get out your seats and Jumper Hound. Via @UpturnedBathtub

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely Online. Via @AstronomerXI

Star Trek: The Next Generation is full of silly anime references.

Wrecking Ball Played on Recorder. This is my new ringtone.


Someone is getting fired.

Bear speaking!

Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew baby.

All about that bass. God, do I love this. Via

Dance, like no one is watching. This makes me happy deep in my soul.

3D rendering of the “Spiderman Woman” in that ridiculous pose. The rendering is horrifying.

It ain’t easy being a Nazi. Ahahahahahahahaaa! Via

How To: Find Coupons for Organic Food. What a great list! Via

2014-2015 NFL Football Preview! This what would happen if I wrote a football preview.

Baby pigs opening Christmas presents. Did you see the video of that teeny tiny pig running through the grass? Via

Sign for the coolest dog ever.

Whiterun Baptist Church represents at DragonCon!

OMG at this Rowsdower costume! If you aren’t familiar with him, I suggest you watch MST3K’s Final Sacrifice immediately.

Follow Friday: My Parents’ Yard. I miss these cats.

Isobel’s Thrifted Closet: Breezy Shirt and Summer Skirt. Those thrifted heart sunglasses are everything.

Recipe: Happiness Soup. Perfect for summer!

Follow Friday: Tea Party for Grandma. We gave my elderly Grandma a tea party for her birthday.

Scrapbook: Castle Air Museum. Isobel and Kingston frolic among WWII airplanes.

Reuse Roundup: Nippers! DIY Catnip Toys. Easy peasy; cats love ‘em!

Recipe: Pasta with Peas and Prosciutto (or Not!). Fantastic with meat or without.

Scrapbook: Visiting Jake & Ben. This was such a fun day, and Isobel’s outfit is pretty amazing.

50 Thrifty: Mud Cooking. Isobel’s summer favorite.

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